Since the beginning of the pandemic, the University has worked closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to align our operations with public health directives in order to keep our community safe.
Further to the Premier’s message on Tuesday February 8, 2022 of a three phase plan to relax restrictions in the province, the University is making the following changes effective Monday, February 14, 2022:
- Proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or valid proof of medical exemption is no longer required for entry to campus buildings. Security will no longer be in place at the entrance to University buildings effective Monday.
- Wearing a mask continues to be mandatory inside all University buildings. This will be reviewed prior to the province moving to Phase 2 of the easing of requirements, which is tentatively slated for March 1, 2022, subject to hospitalization numbers in the province.
- Capacity limits for events (sporting events) will be increased per government directives.
- Tables will be returned inside the Daily Café. We will continue NOT to allow the consumption of food or beverages in the library or classrooms.
We continue to recommend that everyone in our University community get every vaccine dose they are eligible for and please do a wellness self-check before coming to campus. If you are unwell or have flu/cold/COVID symptoms, you must remain off campus until symptoms and/or the required isolation period has passed.
Students Requesting Medical Accommodations for themselves
Academic accommodations are for students who experience adverse impacts on their ability to participate in education as a result of a disability or temporary disabling condition. Students requesting accommodations must submit documentation of disability either using forms completed by a relevant healthcare professional, or provide a similarly detailed assessment from a family doctor or other relevant healthcare professional. Students must also complete and submit the Consent for Service form (both forms available through Access Services, the Learning Centre or at Heather.McFadyen@stmu.ca).
Upon receipt of documentation, Access Services will meet with the student to determine what reasonable accommodations are most appropriate for the student in the context of their classes at St. Mary’s.
However, accommodations are granted to mitigate the impacts of a student’s disability. Thus accommodations cannot be granted to mitigate the disability of a student’s family member, work or home situation, or if the requested accommodation is based on a disability that does not impact the student’s ability to partake in education.
We recognize there are varying levels of comfort with these changes and appreciate your understanding as we continue to operate in these challenging times.